Guest Review: Shen's Peking

Written by Jason Gloss

Shen's Peking; image by Google
Shen’s Peking; image by Google

Mr. Shen’s is a no-frills authentic NYC style Chinese restaurants. Things I like to look for in places like these. Is it clean? Yes. Is the service good? Yes. Do they use quality ingredients? Yes. And lastly, is the food good? Yes.
Out of all of the Chinese restaurants in Central to West Boca, I have to say Shen’s takes the title. They have an array of combo dinners but I’d recommend doing take-out, otherwise you’ll be breaking bread with most of Century Village. The staff is nice, though the man behind the register can be a bit cold, but that could just be a cultural thing. I’d imagine putting up with all these fogies for two decades his tolerance has waned a bit. To some, he might come off like Asian soup nazi, but he warms up after a while, I promise.
There are plenty of Chinese restaurants in the area and I enjoy Bamboo Wok just as much as the next person, but I happen to think the food quality at Mr Shen’s is the best in the area. The chow fun is one of my favorite dishes as well as the spicy garlic shrimp. Have patience, an open mind and remember you always get what you pay for, especially when it comes to food.
Rating: A –
Mr Shen’s Peking Chinese Restaurant
9228 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33434

Editor’s note: Mr. Gloss offered to write some restaurant reviews for West Boca News. We hope these reviews help our readers. Please note that these are his opinions and we do not always agree.
In 2014 we did a survey of readers about Chinese restaurants. Shen’s was middle of the pack.
Shen’s is in Boca Lyons Plaza next to Miller’s Ale House, on the south side of Glades Road just west of Lyons.

Recent Home Sales in Boca Del Mar and Boca Pointe: 33433

Boca Del Mar is a master planned residential community located off Palmetto Park Road and Palmetto Park Circle, west of I-95 and east of the Florida Turnpike. Boca Del Mar has a population of almost 25,000 residents and is composed of many small communities.  Students attend Verde Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.

21800 Beachnut Drive; image and map data by Google
21800 Beachnut Drive; image and map data by Google

The ranch at 21800 Beachnut Drive in the Pines at Boca Del Mar sold for $505,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2397 sq. feet of living space. There is an open floor plan with a large family room with fireplace and wet bar. The kitchen has been recently remodeled and has stainless steel appliances. There is an in-ground heated salt water pool and the lot is on a private cul de sac. Built in 1988, it was previously purchased in 2010 for $375,000.
7144 San Sebastian; image and map data by Google
7144 San Sebastian; image and map data by Google

Also in Boca Del Mar, the contemporary home at 7144 San Sebastian Drive in Village Del Mar sold for $650,000. It has five bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths.
21879 Town Place Drive in Town Place Club Villas sold for $432,500.
Boca Pointe is a master planned community located on SW 18th Street west of Powerline Road. It includes the Club at Boca Pointe, Boardwalk at SW 18th Street and over 4000 residences within 29 diverse villages. Nine manned gated entrances serve the homes within the Villages of Boca Pointe. Residents may obtain golf, social and tennis memberships in the Club at Boca Pointe. Students attend Del Prado Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.
7598 and 7782 La Corniche Circle; image and map data by Google
7598 and 7782 La Corniche Circle; image and map data by Google

The large home at 7782 La Corniche Circle in Boca Pointe sold for $545,000. The 3467 sq. feet of living space includes 4 bedrooms and 4.1 bathrooms. The master bedrooms is located downstairs. The dramatic entrance leads to a formal living room and dining room with high ceilings and marble floors. The gourmet kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. The corner lot has an in ground salt water pool. Built in 1986 and sold in 1991 for $736,600, it was purchased in 2013 for $450,000.
Next door the house at 7598 La Corniche Circle in Boca Pointe sold for $515,000. The 2647 square feet of living space includes 3 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms. This open, spacious home features a split bedroom plan and an open kitchen with granite counter tops. The breakfast area overlooks a pool and large patio.
The Mediterranean home at 23484 Mirabella Circle South in Valencia at Boca Pointe sold for $475,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2273 sq. feet of living space. Valencia is south of SW 18th and this house is fairly close to the Gulf Stream canal at the county line.
22561 Esplanada Drive in Boca Pointe sold for $511,000.
7155 Montrico Drive in Encantada at Boca Pointe sold for $536,000.
Other Neighborhoods
6172 Vista Linda Lane in Buena Vista sold for $500,000.
7907 Mandarin Drive in Boca Grove Plantation sold for $440,000.
8706 Via Ancho in Mizner Pointe sold for $520,000.
22054 Ensenada Way in the Estates of Boca Lyons sold for $429,000.

New Stores & Restaurants on Glades Road

We’ve noticed progress on new stores and restaurants that are open or will be opening soon. Above you can see that the Saks Off 5th in Somerset Shoppes is looking closer to ready. We’re guessing it will open in a couple months.
In the same plaza, near Original Pancake House, it looks like the Orange Theory fitness center is up and running.
We see some progress on the Armadillo Cafe, both outside (above) and inside (below). This place has a lot of buzz as well as interest from customers of the old location in Davie. We’re told to expect a soft opening soon, sometime near Valentine’s Day.

On the outside the new Walgreens building in Shadowood looks close to ready, but inside there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Also in Shadowood, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill is definitely coming. We don’t see any progress inside the space yet but there’s a sign outside saying they’re coming:
It’s next to Sybarite Pig, and you can see where the outdoor seating will be on the right side of the picture below.

On the south side of Glades at 441, the new building everyone’s asking about looks great on the outside.
Again we don’t see much done on the inside so don’t expect anything to open for at least a month and maybe 2-3 months. We’re also pleased that there’s a lot of parking.
Also in Westwinds we just learned that a new Mathnasium franchise will open to serve West Boca. There used to be one in the Boca Lyons plaza but that closed a couple years ago but still operates just east of Town Center near the Hooters. A new franchisee is giving it a shot and we’ll cover that in more detail soon.
They should open their doors this coming week.

Speaking of Boca Lyons Plaza, it appears they’ll finally replace the old Ethan Allen with a 4th Generation Organic Market & Cafe.
In the same plaza we also see a new “Clouds of Vapor” electronic cigarette shop, and Ace’s Barber Shop has opened between that and Steve’s Wood Fired Pizza.

The Four Seasons restaurant is up and running and we see customers giving it a try. We’ll get there soon. Next door in the photo above the lit-up store front is Creative Heart Dance Studio with a lot of dance classes for kids. They’re using this space as well as an area upstairs next to the FitRX gym.